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Analytics Translators: Fact or Fiction?

It's been two years since Mckinsey invented the term analytics translator, called it the ‘new must-have role’ and predicted we’d need around 5 million of them.

FIVE MILLION

That’s a bit more than the entire population of Los Angeles, but just slightly less than all of Norway.

For the past ten years, we’ve struggled with the ambiguous title ‘data scientist’, then ‘citizen data scientist’. Now it’s ‘analytics translator’.

Although I've seen many 'data…

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Added by David Stephenson on May 26, 2020 at 8:00am — No Comments

Up-skilling in the Lock-down

Friday the 13th of March: day one of the Dutch corona lock-down. I was almost out the door to deliver day 4 of a data science product owner training at the University of Amsterdam, but somehow hadn’t connected the dots that the university closings announced the previous evening meant my training was also cancelled. By force of habit,…

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Added by David Stephenson on May 1, 2020 at 10:30am — No Comments

New book on big data, AI and data science for executive audiences

It's been a while since my last blog post, but I wanted to update everyone on a project that's been keeping me busy recently.

Last year Pearson Publishing commissioned me to write a book on big data / data science.  They asked me to write it for executive audiences (non-technical), and to make it very practical for business use. Writing the book was quite a task, but it was a great exercise in summarizing the industry experience I'd gathered in my years leading data science teams…

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Added by David Stephenson on April 26, 2018 at 9:49am — No Comments

Office Politics: A survival guide for data scientists

Everyone gets sunk by office politics at some point in their career, but data scientists  are in some ways especially ill-prepared to navigate the unspoken rules and hidden agendas that together form a critical part of the corporate world.  Although some people may actively fuel office politics to gain power, I'll assume that's not the case for most of us. I'd like instead to simply suggest a few basic survival skills, so we can focus as much as possible on…

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Added by David Stephenson on June 13, 2017 at 11:00am — 1 Comment

Bridging Data Science and Business Intuition

Target corporation’s massively profitable data science project threw them into the news spotlight a few years back. Their story makes for a valuable case study in bridging data science and business intuition.

After having painstakingly developed a ‘golden-goose’ analytic model that could flag pregnant shoppers based on seemingly normal purchase patterns,…

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Added by David Stephenson on February 5, 2017 at 10:30pm — No Comments

Hiring a Chief Data Scientist



A number of my mid-sized European clients recently have asked me to help them scope and recruit for the role of Chief Data Scientist (also scoped as ‘Head of Data Science’, ‘Lead Data Scientist’, ‘Head of Analytics’, etc.).    

 

This lead data science role is typically opened by the client company for one of two…

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Added by David Stephenson on November 12, 2016 at 1:00am — No Comments

Data Science and EU Privacy Regulations: A Storm on the Horizon - Part 2

In Part 1, we introduced a pending EU privacy and data protection regulation (the GDPR) which will carry fines for violations of up to 5% of global annual turnover (1 million Euros for smaller companies). We…

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Added by David Stephenson on October 15, 2015 at 6:54am — No Comments

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